Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Soft on Crime: Scammer Gets Probation, Does it Again and Again (for two decades)
By News Release @ 12:03 PM :: 3191 Views :: Law Enforcement

Waimanalo Event Promoter Sentenced To Eight Years In Federal Prison For Fraud Offense

News Release from US DoJ, May 2, 2017

HONOLULU – Turk K. Cazimero, 57, a resident of Waimanalo, Oahu, was sentenced today to serve eight years in federal prison, and ordered to pay restitution of $857,760 for committing fraud offenses over a period of twelve years.

Elliot Enoki, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said that according to court documents, Cazimero operated Hawaiian Hurricane Productions, a company that promoted concerts and special events, including surfing competitions. Cazimero was charged in an indictment with wire fraud offenses involving the solicitation of money from "investors" between September 2013 and September 2015, by falsely promising that the money would be used to pay artists and costs associated with various concerts. Cazimero promised investors either high rates of return, ownership in the concerts, or the chance to be corporate sponsors. Cazimero also showed the investors posters that he had prepared, which made it appear that particular artists would perform concerts at certain venues, and that large corporations were sponsoring the concerts, when in fact the concerts had not actually been arranged.

In December 2016, Cazimero pled guilty, admitting that he had promoted fake concerts, and intended to use, and did use, money from investors to pay his own living expenses, or to pay back earlier investors who were owed money. Cazimero agreed that he obtained $901,000 from his victims, and agreed to the entry of an order directing him to pay restitution to eleven victims.

Cazimero was previously convicted in 2003 of Hawaii state securities fraud violations. Cazimero received probation on that charge, and began his federal violations shortly thereafter. At today’s sentencing before United States District Judge Derrick K. Watson, the government presented information that some of Cazimero’s victims took out home equity loans to generate money for him, lost their life savings and retirement accounts, and suffered emotional distress leading to depression and divorce. In imposing a 96 month sentence, Judge Watson noted that Cazimero has been committing ongoing fraud offenses for nearly two decades, and used the proceeds to support himself. Judge Watson ordered Cazimero into federal custody immediately to begin service of his sentence.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State of Hawaii, Department of Consumer and Commerce Affairs, Securities Enforcement Branch. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Tong.


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute


Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii


Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii


National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii


Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii